Embark on a journey through YTB (Youth ARE)'s impactful initiatives, where collaboration knows no bounds. From constructing classrooms using innovative ISSB technology to nurturing crochet skills and fostering global connections, our projects unite youth, adults, professionals, and educators. Join us in creating sustainable change, cultivating skills, and weaving a tapestry of empowerment and growth.
Building Futures: YTB Projects Around the World
Introducing YTB (Youth ARE) Crochet Project! Uniting youth, adults, instructors, and schools, we're knitting creativity. With 180 learners in 2 rural schools and 1 community, our impact is wide. Our train-the-trainer model boosts engagement.
All ages collaborate, fostering crochet skills. Adult trainers guide youth leaders who mentor the young, fostering growth.
WKH2 - World Know your Needs Options and Workable Solutions for Health Education and Reproductive Rights.
The YTB Resource Library is related to VMA’s (Victoria-Madrine-Akram) interest in improving access to health education for other youth in their school. YTB recognizes that the youth living in Kisubi as boarders are vulnerable to being caught in the digital and educational divide due to lack of resources and opportunities. YTB is striving to help as best as it can as it sees how much these youth are doing to help themselves and others. VMA have co-production in their DNA - they are role model changemakers for connected community.
GAHU - Give A Hand Uganda - is a youth-led, community training project of YTB member, Lusaka Ryan. During COVID-19, Ryan taught himself remarkable new skills in creative and industrial arts. From his involvement with YTB and the training opportunities offered Ryan has picked up skills in the digital, physical, and interpersonal worlds. Ryan has a powerful desire to "Give A Hand ..." to others to help them develop skills. You can help YTB to help GAHU to help other youth through a donation at the YTB giving platform that YTB manages for GAHU, https://www.every.org/give-a-hand-uganda
Social Digital Inclusion
Youth leaders and changemakers tell us that for them to make stronger progress towards their vision for connected community they need our help to remove barriers to Social-Digital-Educational Inclusion. Significant divides exist for youth who are neuro-diverse, youth with little to no technology access, and youth who are worried about whether they will be able to complete secondary level education. Solutions exist for removing barriers. We are challenged to decide if we have the will and commitment to work with youth on social-digital-educational inclusion. It is in our long-term best interest to have the will and commitment to bring opportunities to youth. YTB is doing a little bit.
YTB sees a natural fit with PhotoVoice and its approach to Resource & Vision Development to support youth in mindfully selecting projects and activity to improve community life. YTB started 2024 with a series of three PhotoVoice "train-the-trainer" sessions. We are sharing how we are incorporating PV in our projects during an event on February 18, 2024, https://tinyurl.com/Feb18Youth. We think PhotoVoice is going to help Y-T-Be-The-Change in 2024.
Pictures show the progress and activity of refurbishing the YTB Office in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The office is located across the street from a community hospital. The items of clothing, shoes, games, etc. were sent by the YTB Director in Maryland. They are in-kind donations that YTB members may qualify for with their earned time credits of service to others and their work on community projects.
The greatest needs in Kisumu are food security and affordable housing. One of the YTB pilot projects is establishing vertical gardens for supplemental food for community members who help - "food as currency." We want to find out if community members would offer their time and help with service to each other and benefit from augmenting their food supply with vegetables grown in the vertical gardens.